A convenience store is a small retail business that stocks a range of everyday items such as groceries, snack foods, confectionery, toiletries, soft drinks, tobacco products, magazines and newspapers. Such stores may also offer money order and wire transfer services. Some are licensed to sell alcohol, typically beer and wine.
A convenience store may be part of a gas/petrol station. It may be located alongside a busy road, in an urban area, or near a railway or railroad station or other transport hub. In some areas, convenience stores have long shopping hours, some being open 24 hours.
Convenience stores usually charge significantly higher prices than conventional grocery stores or supermarkets, as convenience stores order smaller quantities of inventory at higher per-unit prices from wholesalers. However convenience stores make up for this by having longer opening hours, serving more locations, and having shorter cashier lines.